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Moon Rising once again but this time with Great Live disc,
This review is from: Rising For The Moon (Audio CD)
Rising for the Moon is just such a great album by Fairport Convention and although the album has been issued before as a re master and with bonus tracks this deluxe edition is a welcome release. I am not normally too keen on bonus tracks or expanded editions of CDs with poor sounding live tracks but this is an exception. There are some great tracks on the second disc that offer much interest. It is the second disc that makes this re re issue worth it. The sound is just fine and the live performance is brilliant.
Rising for the Moon was the last album to feature Sandy Denny. But it is also the album that saw her return to the group after a few years as solo artist and her venture with her husband Trevor Lucas and Jerry Donahue from Fotheringay. Together with Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks and Dave Swarbrick Rising for the moon was produced after months of coming together as a group between the previous fairport album Rosie and the live performance on disc two and the album Rising for the Moon on disc one.
The album does not feature any traditional material and that adds to the uniqueness of the album. The album is more pop influenced and did enter the pop charts. There are some great songs on this album and it's a shame it did not get more credit than it did.
Mattacks left during the recording and was replaced by Bruce Rowland and later Denny, Lucas and Donahue left the group making this recording the only album to have this line up of performers.
The previous re issue re mastered included three bonus tracks Tears, (the b side of single White Dress) Rising for the moon, Stranger to himself and Once more chance
( the original Sandy Denny demos)
Here on this expanded edition we lose those tracks (so worth hanging on to the previous edition if you have it)
But we get a live version of White Dress from a TV appearance, An alternative version of Dawn a studio demo of what is true? A demo version of After Halloween and a home demo version of The King and Queen of England. All of these are great versions and worth listening to. These make up disc one.
Disc two contains tracks recorded live at the LA troubadour during the previous year and includes Sandy in the line up. This is actually a very good set of tracks and goes well with the original album because of the line up that forms the synthesis of the album Rising for the Moon. It is great to get this live set on CD with such good quality at last. This is not the same Live at the Troubadour as the House Full recording. Here on this live performance its interesting to hear Sandy talking between songs and talking about her new album Sandy Sandy and then performing songs from it.
This disc makes it worth having this album again if you have the previous edition.
The live recording is pretty good sound wise and the performance is just fabulous.
It is a great live set and everyone is on top form. It really is a great CD and I highly recommend it.